Chris Cain | SFJAZZ Summer Sessions 2022
Chris Cain
Blues Guitar King

Chris Cain

JUL 28-31 | BLUES WEEK

Jul 29, 2022
Joe Henderson Lab
FriJul 29
7:00 PM

$30

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FriJul 29
8:30 PM

$30

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​​“A hot-shot guitarist and a singer with the maturity of blues masters like Bobby Bland and B.B. King” (Washington Post), San Jose native Chris Cain brings a soulful stew of Memphis blues to the Joe Henderson Lab, performing material from his new Alligator Records album Raisin’ Cain.

Raised on a steady diet of the blues from a young age, Cain began playing guitar at eight, teaching himself the basics and playing professionally by 18. Studies at San Jose City College gave him a foundation in theory and jazz, and after more than a decade of working in the trenches and paying dues, he made a resounding impact with the release of his 1987 debut Late Night City Blues, receiving four W.C. Handy Blues Music Award nominations including one for Guitarist of the Year.

Since then, Cain has been on a mission to bring his soul-drenched approach to audiences around the world, with his earthy, “lived in” vocals and virtuosic soloing style setting him apart from his heroes and contemporaries.

After a dozen releases, primarily for the Blind Pig and Blue Rock-It labels, Cain made his debut for the legendary Alligator Records imprint with 2021’s Raisin’ Cain, an incendiary album of all original compositions that is bursting with the searing, uninhibited spirit of the blues.

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Cain made his debut for the legendary Alligator Records imprint with 2021’s Raisin’ Cain, an incendiary album of all original compositions that is bursting with the searing, uninhibited spirit of the blues.

A relaxed, less-is-more approach only now reaching its culmination after years of yeoman work in the trenches

DownBeat

A relaxed, less-is-more approach only now reaching its culmination after years of yeoman work in the trenches

DownBeat

Personnel

Chris Cain guitar, vocals
Greg Rahn keyboards
Steve Evans bass
Sky Garcia drums

Chris Cain is a hot-shot guitarist and a singer with the maturity of blues masters like Bobby Bland and B.B. King.

Washington Post

Personnel

Chris Cain guitar, vocals
Greg Rahn keyboards
Steve Evans bass
Sky Garcia drums

Chris Cain is a hot-shot guitarist and a singer with the maturity of blues masters like Bobby Bland and B.B. King.

Washington Post

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